Blackpool HMV manager Neil Carpenter reviews Rixton’s debut album, Let The Road:
Local fans have been made to wait some time for the debut album from band Rixton, after they unusually broke America first on the back of the number one single Me And My Broken Heart.
Their Stateside success is no surprise when you listen to Let The Road – an accomplished and slick pop/soul record that is not the inexperienced boyband fodder you may expect, more the well-produced tunes that would sit comfortably alongside the likes of Maroon 5 and One Republic.
Starting your first album with an acapella track takes some nerve, but it works on the title track, showcasing the vocal talents of Blackpool’s own Jake Roche.
Rixton certainly don’t lack confidence, and why should they with support from the likes of Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote Hotel Ceiling.
A mixture of heartfelt ballads, catchy R&B-infused pop and a hint of reggae, Let The Road stands up as a solid debut album, with current single We All Want The Same Thing standing out alongside the previous huge hits.
It doesn’t break new ground or any rules, but as a starting point it hints at an exciting future, and is a platform for Rixton to be anything they want to be.